to this Japanese Surrender Exhibit. Seth
Villa, Lloyd Freeman, Noel Adair,
Larry Jennings and Bob O'Hara
C. Jeff Dyrek
This is a
fantastic story of the Japanese Surrender and a big part of Aviation History.
There was an interesting
story about the Japanese surrender which involved the Betty Bombers.
The surrender wasn't just the emperor waving a white flag and calling it
quits. It wasn't just the signing of the surrender papers on the
There was a long story behind the Japanese surrender and a big part of aviation
history. As a webmaster,
I'm just going to tell it the way I remember reading about it so here it
is, please forgive me for any mistakes.
Click on the
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Having seen the info on the
Japanese peace envoy's Betty Bombers
I can tell you that the identifying crosses on them were GREEN. On
that day, I and thousands of other happy GIs were lined along both sides
of the airstrip. There were two of the Bettys. Our living area (507th Fighter
group) was built parallel to the westernmost fighter strip on Ie
Shima, which was the one used that day. We had a short hike to a ringside
look at history as it happened. JDK
I was very excited to find your website and
information. I have come into possession of some photos of the peace envoy
and planes very similar to the ones you have posted. Col. Isaac Simonds was
there. He was my husband's uncle. When his wife died, we got pictures. He
had written some notes on the backs of some of them. Thanks to you, I now
know more of the story of several of them. We also have some photos showing some of the
destruction, from the air. We have some from a visit to the base by General
Partridge. He was meeting Col. Ellenger's staff.
We have some showing Uncle Ike's Sqd headquarters'
and Sqd. 23rd ADG. I don't know what squadron he was in, or if he was a
Colonel yet at that time. If you would like to see any of our photos or
possible figure out more about what some are, let me know.
Thank you for your service!! We currently have one
son in the US Navy and one in the
I hope to hear from you.
Japanese emissaries in route from Japan to Manila, August 1945, to
surrender to Mac Arthur, Tehy flew in this "Betty" bomber, painted white
with green crosses for identification. Stopped on Ie Shima, where I
was stationed at end of WW2
Jap Envoys climb out of planes.
Photos by Dr. Gray Allison while he was stationed on Ie Shima. Photos
thanks to Victor Disharoon.